Looks like my marketing work might pay off. I sent two whole nights sending out requests to people with book review blogs to read and review my book. I've heard back from a couple so far, and even more exciting, I have a famous author who agreed to read it! He said if it's any good he'll give me a review; if not he'll let me know that it's rubbish. So that's a little nerve-wracking but very exciting. I'm not going to name the author until it has actually happened. I know he's a busy guy and it could easily turn out he won't have the time.
Anyway altogether a better day than yesterday. Slightly higher KENP. What that means is that people use the Kindle library and read the book for free. They get a book a month, I think, and authors make money from a pool based on per-page readings. I've been told it comes to about half a cent per page read. The problem is it looks like someone today just read Chapter One, and there's no way to tell if that's a 'I tried one chapter and gave up' or a 'I only have time to read one chapter a day' sort of thing.
Anyway I've been wondering how I will react if this author just tells me the book is rubbish. I think the most likely criticism is the editing, as I couldn't afford a professional. That's my number one recommendation to anyone out there who wants to self-publish, though. Get a professional editor. I scoured the book fourteen times and still keep finding things, and in some parts still mix up en-dashes, em-dashes, and ellipses. Guess I'll see soon as I do have a couple bloggers reviewing the book as well and if the internet is good at one thing it is spotting errors. At least with an ebook I can update it if there are any issues.
Anyway I'm committed to finishing the series (it will be three books, if I haven't mentioned that yet). I like it and I think it's just getting better an better. I guess I'm really writing for myself, and hoping someone else enjoys it as well.
I recently finished several years of employment with the Canadian government to pursue a Master's degree. My secret goal is to become a self-sustaining author. This blog is dedicated to the first book I have ever put on the market.